I am a person who has been fascinated by cameras from an early age. At first it was the mechanics of the device that held my attention: "How does it do that?"
Later, I was given a Kodak Instamatic. I used it for awhile, but the disconnect between capturing an image and waiting for the roll of film to be used and developed was great enough to forget what my original idea was for each image. So the spark dwindled.
Other interests emerged, and I spent much of my time learning and working with them. But my visual interests continued.
My life changed. I married and became a father, and the spark flared. I purchased a used Pentax ME Super, 55mm and 28mm lenses and continued where I left off with recording what I saw on several of my trips into the wilderness of the Canadian Shield and to the west coast.
While mostly documentary, there were a few attempts at capturing what I felt, but these were disappointing for the most part and there was still the distance between finishing a roll of film and developing it, with the attendant disconnect with the captured images. After some time, again I put the camera down and again the spark dwindled.
In 2008 I went on a trip to Alaska, one of my 'someday I'm gonna' trips. In preparation, I found an advanced point-and-shoot camera, batteries and memory cards, with the goal of taking as many pictures as I could.
And I did. Over 600 images in 10 days. Documentation to the max. The best part was that with digital imaging, the disconnect with the images due to the time gap between capture and viewing was gone. I could remember what my intention for the image was. I could change settings on the camera if the image didn't capture what I wanted. My learning curve ramped upwards considerably. The spark had been fanned into a flame.
After my return, I began learning about post-processing. I had heard of this with film photography, but had little idea of what it entailed. Now, I dove into it headfirst. I had no fear of the computer, so learning the basics came fairly quickly.
After considerable work on my own, and some formal training (workshop and mentorship with Alain Briot) I feel as though I am on an unending creative path.